Golden Idol: BAFTAs, IFTA, WGA, Oscars

“The Hurt Locker” swept the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards over the weekend, scoring six of the night’s biggest awards. The winners were:

Best Picture: “The Hurt Locker”
Best British Film: “Fish Tank”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Un Prophete”
Best Animated Film: “Up”

Best Actor: Colin Firth (“A Serious Man”)
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan (“An Education”)
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds)”
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’nique (“Precious”)

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”
Rising Star Award: Kristen Stewart
Outstanding British Debut: Duncan Jones (“Moon”)

Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker”)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner (“Up in the Air”)

Best Cinematography: “The Hurt Locker”
Best Costume Design: “The Young Victoria”
Best Editing: “The Hurt Locker”
Best Make-Up: “The Young Victoria”
Best Music: “Michael Giacchino, Up”
Best Sound: “The Hurt Locker”
Best Production Design: “Avatar”
Best Visual Effects: “Avatar”

“The Eclipse” scored best film at the recent Irish Film and Television Awards. Jim Sheridan took home Best Direction for “Brothers”, Colin Farrell best actor for “Ondine” and Saoirse Ronan best actress for “The Lovely Bones”.

Both Mark Boal’s “The Hurt Locker” and Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner “Up in the Air” dominated the Writers Guild Awards this year, taking best original and adapted screenplay respectively.

Finally, David Hanks (via Awards Daily) has come up with an interesting statistic – namely that in the past five decades, all seven films which have won the Director’s Guild Award, an American Cinema Editors ‘Eddie’ award and a Writers Guild Award have all gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars.

“The Hurt Locker” has now won all three and despite the wider field for Best Picture at the Oscars, the film has moved on from being the likely favourite to a sure thing.